Provisional Rider List Announced as Course Build Begins for Audi Nines

Aug 19, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

Press Release: Audi Nines

Audi Nines 2020: Earthworks Underway as Ground Control Moves In

Construction is underway on one of the most innovative Audi Nines mountain bike setups to date, including the debut of a brand-new Slopestyle Line. Although this year’s event remains closed to the public, Live Sessions will bring online viewers closer to the action.

From the 7th till the 12th of September 2020, the Audi Nines presented by Falken returns to Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate state for its 10th annual mountain bike event. Here in the Hunsrück-Nahe bike region in partnership with Bikepark Idarkopf, a repurposed stone quarry has become an ideal venue for some of the most groundbreaking action in MTB. As part of a strict COVID-19 prevention plan, no public visitors will be allowed onsite. But as always, fans can expect to enjoy a steady stream of Audi Nines content across a variety of online channels.

Course News

Course designers and builders Sam Reynolds (GBR), Clemens Kaudela (AUT) and Andi Brewi (AUT) have been hard at work sculpting this year’s venue. In the absence of a public event, the builders have been able to expand their scope to the quarry’s east side, opening a blank canvas for the development of a completely new Slopestyle Line.

Highlights of the new line include signature features designed by Erik Fedko and Lukas Knopf with help from the ideas generated by the design contest held earlier this year. Fedko’s feature blends a step-up quarter-pipe, a shark fin, and a whale-tail into a challenging combination obstacle, while Knopf’s feature stars an 8-meter jump over a large C-shaped wallride.

bigquotesI’m super excited to get this feature built and to ride it. Usually we never see features like this on a Slopestyle course. And those three features (quarter-pipe, shark fin and whale-tail) combined should be the funnest, coolest combination ever.Erik Fedko

On the quarry’s west side, the relocation of the Slope Line has allowed the team to reimagine the original setup. The result is an improved and expanded Freeride Line and Big Air venue, including some highlight features of its own, like a massive quarter-pipe.

bigquotesThis year some of the features will be a real testing ground to push limits and send it into some serious airtime. The quarter-pipe in particular will be a lot of fun, since Sam and I battled it out for the highest jump back in 2017 at Nine Knights in Reschenpass. Expect some heavy sessions.Clemens Kaudela

Riders Update

This year’s riders’ list remains contingent on changing restrictions on international travel. However, a stacked field of top mountain bikers have already confirmed their presence, including Emil Johansson (SWE), Max Fredriksson (SWE) and Antoine Bizet (FRA). Meanwhile, the Become a Nines video contest has again fielded a number of amazing submissions from up-and-coming athletes around the world. From this pool of talent, an additional two riders will be chosen to join the crew in the quarry. The winners of the Become a Nine contest will be announced just before the event kicks off.


Riders List 2020* (contingent on travel restrictions)

Bienvenido Aguado (ESP)
Lukas Knopf (GER)
Antoine Bizet (FRA)
Sam Pilgrim (GBR)
Erik Fedko (GER)
Sam Reynolds (GBR)
Max Fredriksson (SWE)
Thomas Genon (BEL)
David Godziek (POL)
Nicholi Rogatkin (USA)
Szymon Godziek (POL)
Daniel Ruso (AUT)
Jackson Goldstone (CAN)
Lukas Schäfer (GER)
Geoff Gulevich (CAN)
Nico Scholze (GER)
Tom Isted (GBR)
Patrick Schweika (GER)
Emil Johansson (SWE)
Adolf Silva (ESP)
Peter Kaiser (AUT)
Tobias Wrobel (GER)
Clemens Kaudela (AUT)
Thomas Lemoine (FRA)

Audi Nines Live Sessions Microsite

Visitors to a special microsite will be able to drop in on intermittent livestream sessions held throughout the week, featuring riders like Max Fredriksson (SWE), Sam Reynolds (GBR), Sam Pilgrim (GBR), Erik Fedko (GER) and Lukas Knopf (GER). The event organisation is developing this new platform as a response to the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to open the event’s doors digitally to the public.

Lukas Sch fer

bigquotesBringing in a crowd to watch world-class sports action has always been a big part of Audi Nines. This year in light of the challenges we are all facing, we are experimenting with new ways to open our event to the digital realm and make sure that everyone can still be part of the action.Nico Zacek, founder

More information will be available soon on

COVID-19 Onsite Prevention

The Audi Nines team is taking every precaution necessary to provide a safe environment for its riders and production team. The event will remain closed to the public, and stringent measures will be in place to prevent viral transmission during the event, while ensuring that local, regional and national coronavirus regulations are met or exceeded.

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  • 55 1
 Pilgrim is there, that's all I needed to know Smile
  • 15 0
 Long live the Pilg
  • 5 0
  • 2 0
 Pilgrim will always hold a spot....Im more stoked to Goldstone on the roster #getitbro
  • 19 0
 Conor Macfarlane is criminally under rated for these types of events. If you don't believe me go check the man's insta
  • 3 2
 Yes and no, I rate him highly but some of these guys are in a different class. I want to see him do well at rampage
  • 3 0
 @enduroNZ: yeah nah. Conor is in the same class for sure
  • 12 2
 Waiting on Jaxon Riddle to get invited to these things
  • 1 0
 He was on the list earlier, but Covid…
  • 5 2
 @peytodog: True, but then how is Rogatkin on the list but Nell, Ridde and Brandt aren't?
  • 2 0
 does he have a russian passport?
  • 2 6
flag lalientoxc (Aug 20, 2020 at 3:50) (Below Threshold)
 @ianswilson815: aahhhh he’s won multiple Crankworxs competitions n the other guys have never won a major comp besides Nell who podium rampage but he only know how to do 360 n backflips which is kinda lame..
  • 1 1
 @lalientoxc: You're right. Must be why Goldstone is there too then, for all of his crankworx victories. The age and # of wins argument doesn't stand up cuz they have some incredible young guns here as they should, but not because of what they have won. I just think they kinda missed some of the brightest young dudes is all.
  • 1 6
flag lalientoxc (Aug 20, 2020 at 13:38) (Below Threshold)
 So you’re saying that Nell has more style than Goldstone.. I never even brought up the age don’t try to manipulate the subject to make your point of view valid. I’m gonna say it straight up so there isn’t any misunderstanding. Nell n Brandt can’t do shit outside of Utah, n that’s just the fact.
  • 9 0
 great mix of OGs and a young buck or two thrown in there. Should be sick
  • 1 0
 I agree, can’t wait for the footage!!
  • 2 0
 We don't want anyone to be sick at this event Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Speaking of OGs... No Lacondeguy?!!!!
  • 1 0
 @DirtbagMatt: Seeing both Lacondeguys smash this course would be awesome!
  • 7 1
 No Matt Jones? Is he too busy making videos? Wink
  • 12 42
flag ryan-monson (Aug 19, 2020 at 6:59) (Below Threshold)
 No he is too busy building 4ft dirt jumps to be invited to ride 40ft+ dirt jumps
  • 36 0
 @ryan-monson: I know, god forbid that a pro builds a track in their backyard during a global pandemic.
  • 2 0
 @ryan-monson: The lockdown in the UK was pretty strict, he was very lucky that he has some space to make the jumps, the vast majority of Brits have a tiny back garden (see also Brendan Fairclough's videos).
  • 2 0
 @korev: Brendogs little woodland is a massive paradise compared to most of us. I literally couldn't fit a 4 ft double in my garden, never mind the run up and run out.
  • 2 0
 @HB208: Certainly kept me entertained watching the build series
  • 1 0
 @Patrick9-32: That was like the house I lived in when I lived in Surrey, living here in a flat in Pandemic Switzerland I'd kill for the 4 x 5m garden again!
  • 5 0
 there is no bikepark simply doesnt exist..dont know what this hoax is all about.
  • 4 0
 It's on the way to Bielefeld.
  • 1 0
Bielefeld is a Myth!
Come over, I show you.
  • 1 0
 there is no bike park in ba sing se?
  • 4 0
 I thought Jonny Salido was gonna be there as well.. does anyone know what happened?
  • 2 0
 He submitted through the video contest entry which hasn't been decided yet.
  • 2 0
 I hope they pick him as well.
  • 2 0
 Yeah would be great to see Johny out there sending it!
  • 3 0
 It would be nice to see some more legends like Vink or Lacondeguy. I read somewhere the hip jump is the biggest hip ever built ? Looks pretty massive next to the excavator.
  • 3 0
 The pictures of Tom Isted on the massive hip jump last year were some of the best shots of 2019.
  • 3 2
 Yep ????
  • 3 0
 That field is stacked. I can't wait for this.
  • 2 0
 It's fucking nuts!
  • 2 0
 Pilgrim and Tommy G baby!
  • 1 0
 That's a great lineup of riders. This should be sick!
  • 2 0
 what a YOUTUBE fest !
  • 1 0
 David Lieb needs an invite. The dude shreds everything.
  • 1 0
 Would love to see David lieb and kade in these shenanigans
  • 1 0
 wheres andrew the crazy ripper.....?? represent spain!
  • 1 0
 No Vink?
  • 1 0
 Team Goldstone!!!!!

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